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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

19 May 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Jim Gaffigan’s Animated Comedy ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Flies to Open Road

17 May 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy “Duck Duck Goose,” starring Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, and Lance Lim.

Duck Duck Goose” will hit theaters on April 20. The film was produced and financed by Original Force. The deal was announced on Wednesday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Harley Zhao, president and CEO of Original Force.

The movie is directed by Christopher Jenkins, written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Gfm Films and Gfm Animation are handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gaffigan voices a high-flying bachelor goose who’s injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lim), on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.

Duck Duck Goose” also features the voices of Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights to Animated 'Duck Duck Goose'

17 May 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose.

Featuring a voice cast headed up by Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim, the film is directed by Christopher Jenkins from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Muir.

China-based Original Force produced and financed the film, which Open Road will release April 20, 2018.

Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner round out the voice cast.

The story centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (Gaffigan) who is injured in flight »

- Tatiana Siegel

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10 Must-Listen Film Podcasts for Beginners and Fans Alike

13 April 2017 12:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One thing that’s easy for podcast fans to forget: There are people who don’t listen to podcasts. For the newly initiated, it’s hard to figure out where to look first. No fear: we’ve gathered a few of our favorite film-related shows. Some are hundreds of episodes deep into their runs, so we’ve also provided some good places to start. Enjoy.

Read More: 13 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes for March 2017

Black List Table Reads

Scripted podcasts come in all kinds; sci-fi, alternate history, period piece, and superhero shows only beginning to crack the list. Franklin Leonard and the team behind the Black List Table Reads have found a way to combine the appeal of those shows with the script-based hook of the site that gives the show its name. Producing feature-length scripts with an impressive roster of actors, the show has evolved to become something more than »

- Steve Greene

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Randy Jackson, John Mayer and More Celebrities React to Chuck Berry’s Death: ‘We All Thank You’

18 March 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Following the news of legendary musician Chuck Berry’s death, social media was flooded with condolences and heartfelt messages about the star.

Berry died in his St. Charles, Missouri home on Saturday when police responded to a medical emergency and tried to revive the unresponsive singer. He was 90.

Celebrities posted on Twitter and Facebook, sharing their love and memories of the beloved rock and roll star.

Record producer Randy Jackson posted on Twitter: “To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time Rip Chuck Berry. We all thank u.”

To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time Rip chuck berry. »

- Jessica Fecteau

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Gfm Films Berlin-bound with animation 'Duck Duck Goose' starring Stephen Fry

30 January 2017 7:34 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Voice cast also includes Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops and Carl Reiner.

China’s Original Force Animation has appointed Gfm Animation and Gfm Films to handle international sales on their first wholly owned animated feature at the Efm.

Original Force Animation co-presidents Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox will present extended footage in Berlin next month.

Home and Surf’s Up producer Christopher Jenkins co-wrote and directs the story about a loner goose that rescues two ducklings and sets off to return them to their flock.

The film is in production in time for an anticipated early 2018 release and features a voice cast that includes Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops, Carl Reiner and Stephen Fry.

Rabins and Cox made Tuesday’s announcement with Original Force Animation founder and CEO Harley Zhao. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Gfm Films Berlin-bound with animation 'Duck Duck Goose'

30 January 2017 7:34 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China’s Original Force Animation has appointed Gfm Animation and Gfm Films to handle international sales on their first wholly owned animated feature at the Efm.

Original Force Animation co-presidents Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox will present extended footage in Berlin next month.

Home and Surf’s Up producer Christopher Jenkins co-wrote and directs the story about a loner goose that rescues two ducklings and sets off to return them to their flock.

The film is in production in time for an anticipated early 2018 release and features a voice cast that includes Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops, Carl Reiner and Stephen Fry.

Rabins and Cox made Tuesday’s announcement with Original Force Animation founder and CEO Harley Zhao. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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